SUMMIT, NJ - Stating that "The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities in Summit," Superintendent of Schools June Chang, and Summit High School Principal Paul Sears have, in an letter e-mailed to parents, notified the community that the district has partnered with the K-9 Unit of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Summit Police Department to coordinate a K-9 sweep of Summit High School.
The sweep will occur "during the coming months" and, if a drug is detected, the source of detection will be brought to Sears’ office, and the student and his/her parents will be notified.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office will "handle the search and investigation as a police matter, and the school district will impose its own discipline."
The letter notes that "the Summit Public Schools and the Summit Police Department take seriously the use of any illicit substance on the part of its students," and defines those illicit substances as as alcohol, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and any other drugs..
The communication also details that safety precautions are in place related to the sweep, and the dogs will not have any contact with students.
The letter highlights District curriculum that includes information presented to students regarding the the dangers of substance abuse, along with facts and knowledge to "help them make smart decisions to avoid alcohol and drug use."
The District's anti-drug initiatives such as Red Ribbon Week, and programming coordinated by Student Assistance Coordinator Amy Herber, were outlined at the September Board of Education meeting.
The letter concluded, "Our goal is to provide information to you on this new safety measure in advance of its occurrence. We urge you to speak to your children about this topic."